Kujichagulia Corner: From the President & CEO’s Desk

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Welcome to our first Black AIDS Update of the year!

I proudly ushered in the New Year as the new President and Chief Executive Officer the Black AIDS Institute.  As we enter 2019, I am eager to build on the 20+ years of impactful work the Black AIDS Institute has done as a thought leader, capacity builder, and mobilizer. I’m honored to lead the only national HIV/AIDS thinktank focused exclusively on Black people. I hope to epitomize that the only way we are going to end HIV and AIDS in the Black community is by doing it together in a way that allows us all to freely live and thrive in our truths.

We have launched this revamped e-newsletter to replace the Black AIDS Weekly.  In this publication, we are streamlining our communications efforts to bring you the most concise and up-to-date news and events from the Black AIDS Institute and our partners. As always, we will bring you news in the worlds of HIV and AIDS that affects the Black community from our uniquely and unapologetically Black perspective.

This newsletter and our other communications tools will evolve over the next few weeks and months. As our movement evolves so must our communications tactics. We have made a strategic investment to boost our communications efforts and we invite you to engage with us in our journey.

For this first issue, you’ll read about our team’s work as they embarked on a tour at the end of last year with health departments in the South. We will talk about how we, along with some of our partners, are responding to the deaths of Gemmell Moore and Timothy Dean in the West Hollywood apartment of Ed Buck. We write about efforts to stop the Trump Administration’s latest attack against people living with HIV through a proposed rule change under Medicare. You will also hear from our Senior Communications Manager.

My vision for the Black AIDS Institute of tomorrow is an organization that is deeply entrenched in the community, providing services at all points of the care continuum along with a well-respected research, policy, mobilization, and capacity building portfolio that is uniquely and unapologetically Black. In the upcoming weeks, you’ll hear more from me about my vision for the Black AIDS Institute as we move boldly into the future, and our priorities for the next year.

The legacy we stand on is one of resistance, resiliency, love, and power building. It is because of the activism of those who have gone before us, and those whose spirits and efforts remain ever-present, that we can say we have the tools to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the U.S. The challenges we face today are steep, but there is no movement and group of folks more well-equipped to face this than us. I’m honored to serve beside you.